WIMSA and Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sign memorandum of agreement and understanding in support of Society’s upcoming Centennial

Our Memorial is truly honored to announce that we are partnering with our neighbors at Arlington National Cemetery—Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS)—to observe its upcoming 100th anniversary on November 11, 2021.

"This is a historical milestone for SHGTUS. We are humbled to sign this agreement and help promote this occasion to the public," said WIMSA President Phyllis Wilson. "Our hope is to also cast a spotlight on the military women whose lives were lost during World War I and subsequent conflicts. May we never forget that they made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

In support of this monumental occasion, WIMSA will:

  • Disseminate information about the Centennial and about the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (TUS);
  • Assist SHGTUS in outreach and education initiatives; and
  • Increase our educational opportunities to discuss the parallel contributions and sacrifices of women in war.

SHGTUS was founded in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) educational organization by current and former members of the TUS Guard to support the mission of the TUS platoon and members of the Honor Guard that stand watch as directed by Congress since 1926, and the eternal vigil since 1937. The Society’s mission—like the meaning of the Tomb—is to ensure that America never forgets, nor forsakes those who have served and sacrificed on behalf of America in times of war or armed conflict.

Our Memorial is also a 501(c)(3) educational organization that operates at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. We are the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. The Memorial ensures that their patriotism and bravery are a recognized and remembered part of our nation's heritage.

Both the SHGTUS and WIMSA have a mission to ensure the service and sacrifices of America’s military are honored and never forgotten. For more information about the SHGTUS Centennial, please visit https://tombguard.org/centennial.

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